Australia fines Volkswagen $86 million for emissions violation

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Australia’s competition regulator stated the federal court has penalized Volkswagen AG a record A$125 million ($86 million) for supposedly making false representations regarding compliance with the nation’s diesel emission standards. This penalty amount is the highest ever ordered by the court for contraventions of the Australian Consumer Law, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) […]

Volkswagen charged with violating vehicle emission standards in Canada

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Volkswagen AG on Monday was charged with importing almost 128,000 vehicles into Canada by contradicting the country’s environmental legislation, a Canadian government agency stated. The German automaker was charged with 60 counts for the violation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act by importing vehicles that did not conform to prescribed emission standards, Environment and Climate […]

Ex-Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn charged over diesel emissions scandal

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Martin Winterkorn has been charged over his involvement in the company’s diesel emissions scandal. The public prosecutor in Braunschweig charged former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and four other managers with alleged fraud. Volkswagen stated it would not discuss the indictments. Winterkorn is currently facing criminal charges in the US, but is not likely to face […]

Audi CEO arrested by Munich prosecutors on risk he may suppress evidence

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Munich prosecutors stated that Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler was arrested on Monday as investigators observed the risk that he might look to suppress evidence associated with a diesel emissions investigation. “The suspect has been seen by a judge, who has ordered him to be remanded in custody,” the prosecutors’ office stated. The prosecutors’ office […]

Volkswagen is still trying to overcome diesel cheating scandal

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Volkswagen’s new Chief Executive Herbert Diess stated the automaker was still attempting to overcome its emissions cheating scandal following the orders from German authorities that Wolfsburg-based company should pay a 1 billion euro ($1.18 billion) fine. “By doing this, Volkswagen takes responsibility for the diesel crisis,” Diess stated on Wednesday after the automaker agreed to […]

Volkswagen CEO vows integrity drive to recover from emissions scandal

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Volkswagen‘s new chief executive has pledged to make the automaker “more honest” as it fights to recover from 2015’s diesel emissions scandal, but its wary investors asked for outside vetting of steps to restore its credibility. Europe’s largest automaker will extend its internal whistleblower system and beef up compliance to avoid the misconduct that caused […]

German prosecutors may extend Bosch emissions investigation

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German prosecutors may extend an investigation into auto supplier Robert Bosch for its suspected association in emissions test cheating to include dealings with Fiat, Ford, General Motors and Hyundai, according to the Stuttgart public prosecutor’s office. German weekly Der Spiegel reported that the prosecutors believe Bosch to have supplied those automakers with illicit emissions control […]

Six thousand Volkswagen owners in Switzerland seek damages in emissions scandal

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Swiss customer protection company SKS has filed a claim on behalf of some 6,000 vehicle owners seeking damages from Volkswagen and Swiss vehicle dealer AMAG associated to the “Dieselgate” emissions scandal. The claim has been filed with the Zurich commercial court. SKS stated it was presuming damages amounted usually to 15 percent of the initial […]